Three cricket players, including a former international batsmen, have appeared together at Manchester Magistrates’ Court to face corruption charges. The trio have been charged with attempts to bribe professional cricketers, and the case represents the first occasion in which British police have investigated alleged cricket corruption in other countries.  

The most prominent of the three men charged was Nasir Jamshed, who played as an opening batsman for Pakistan in two Test matches and 48 one day internationals between 2008 and 2015.  

According to the charges read out in court, the trio are accused of conspiring to offer bribes to professional cricketers to persuade them to fail to ‘play competitive cricket matches in good faith.’ 

Jamshed’s charge relates to allegations of match-fixing during his time playing in the Pakistan Premier League. The other defendants two defendants, Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz, are facing charges relating to their playing time in the Pakistan and Bangladesh Premier Leagues.  

The case follows a memorandum of understanding signed in 2015 by the International Cricket Council and the National Crime Agency, which made it easier for the two organisations to share intelligence, enabling cricket to benefit from the greater powers available to police.  

Cricket has been rocked by a series of revelations over match-fixing since the case of Hanse Cronje, the late South African captain, came to light in 2000, as bookmakers and betting syndicates in countries where sports betting is illegal have sought to influence the outcome of matches.  

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Published by Marcus Holland

Marcus Holland is a professional betting and financial trading writer. He has been published on various leading websites including The Street, Investing.com, Wagered.com, and Futures Mag. You can contact Marcus at marcus@bettingreporter.com.

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